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Four Ingredients for a Governor’s Cup Upset

(James Crisp/AP)

(James Crisp/AP)

1.  Towles goes for 4 and 400.  He needed to do it against MSU for a win; they were close on both accounts.  He had 390 passing and 4 total touchdowns, but the Cats needed a couple more scores.  If UK wins today, Towles will be your MVP.  The guy hates Louisville, hopefully he unleashes that hate today.

2.  Don’t let Devante score.  Let ANY other receiver on the field beat you.  Jared Lorenzen disagrees, but for a different reason: stopping the run should be a priority over the pass.  To that I say ‘duh,’ but stopping the run has seemed impossible recently all year long.  Devante is just so good, I don’t want his highlights over embarrassed defenders to be what defines this game.

3.  Boom gets a couple Booms for 100+.  The running game can only succeed with some big plays from Boom.  Pat Towles will get some good looks, but Boom’s play will take pressure of Pat in the passing game.  His strengths in the run game are also Louisville’s weakness: they’ve struggled all season against teams that run well right off the edge, where Boom makes his best plays.

4.  A +2 turnover margin.  The defense didn’t get exponentially worse halfway through the season, they simply quit creating turnovers.  I want to see AJ Stamps and Co. fly around the field for some big plays, following some intense pressure on the QB.  Louisville’s Oline is porous at times too, leaving their QB vulnerable.  The trick: the Cats can’t turn it over.  Gerod Holliman has eleventy million interceptions and the Louisville defensive line simply gets AFTER it.

Article written by Nick Roush

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